At our desk in Bengal Speech, one of the most common questions people ask is, is there any discomfort in using hearing aids? Now, the answer needs to be an honest one, the only way that we prefer. To be frank with you, yes, there will be some initial discomfort in using these hearing devices. The reason is quite obvious. You are using a foreign device in a rather intimate manner. It will be a feeling of irritation as the device will make its presence felt in your ears constantly.
There is also another kind of discomfort. Due to your hearing loss, you missed many of the sound signals around you. It developed a sense of silence in your mind. With the use of a hearing device, you will suddenly be thrown out of this silent zone! You will be able to hear every little tinkle and cackle. The ambiance around you will make its presence felt on your auditory senses. This feeling is rather overwhelming and distracting in the first few days. It will take some time to adjust to hearing everything around you. With time, you will learn to filter sound and focus on those that matter.
The real question here is slightly different. Do you allow this kind of discomfort to throw you off balance? Here the answer should be an emphatic no! Hearing aids are by far your only way to a life where there is sound. You cannot hear without these hearing device. The power of hearing, like any other nerve in your body, cannot recover or rejuvenate. Once dead, they are gone forever. The only thing you can do is salvage whatever hearing ability you have as residue. Hearing machine will bolster this residual hearing power. You will not sink further into hearing loss. At your stage, this is definitely your best bet.
The trick, as we at Bengal Speech see it, lies in your ability to handle this initial discomfort. Once you get over it for a few days, it will not come back to haunt you. You can go on to use the hearing devices for longer hours, sometimes as high as 10 or 12 hours a day. Because of this benefit at the end of the short tunnel, you will do well to be patient with the device during the first few days. Do not abandon it or set it aside to use later on. Take on the challenge head on and use it studiously for some days. You are bound to feel some improvement and then on, use it regularly. Do it for your own sake!